I am happy to say that “I did it!” I reached my blogging goal and I am so excited!!! Jason quoted in his sermon yesterday that only 8% of people actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions, and I am happy to be in that 8%. You know, I’m a bit of an overachiever anyways. 🙂
I was very hopeful that I could blog daily, but I did have my doubts. I started blogging back in 2006. I have logged 987 posts since entering into the blogging world. I was able to play “catch up” on lost time the first year or two of blogging. I wanted to go back and record all of the important things from the first two years with the twins. Of course, life with two year old twins was very entertaining and then we added another little one to the mix! Looking back, that time went by so quickly and I am so glad that I had my journal and that I had taken the time to record my thoughts and the events that were occurring in our busy life. When I went back to teaching, my blog took the biggest hit. Growing kids, busy schedules, appointments, school homework, shopping for clothes or groceries, fixing lunches, making dinner, working full time, the laundry, cleaning the house…it took a while for me to get it all together and function in our crazy and hectic routine! The time for me to journal and reflect went by the wayside. And, I missed it.
Somewhere along the way I realized that blogging had changed. Long gone were the days of keeping everyone up to date on the most recent happenings with a blog. We all moved over to Facebook and Twitter and most recently, Instagram. And, I made that jump too, but I was missing the ability to journal and upload all of my pictures. And the biggest thing that I missed was that there would be no way to print off it in book form (as a keepsake) from Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram – the moments and thoughts that I had quickly entered as a status update. Through the changes of our social media networks, the viewers dried up and the comments became almost obsolete. And, I’m being honest here, it kind of bothered me. Why would I want to post about my family and the events we were engaged in with no response back? It was a one sided relationship.
I had slacked off on my blog so much that I found it difficult to just pick up where we were and begin blogging again. I began to feel that my thoughts and the happenings of my family were not blog worthy and so I pushed out every thought of blogging and kept it all to myself. I had forgotten the real reason I started my blog. Originally I wanted my blog to be a way for me to journal about our family and the thoughts that I had along the way. I wanted to print off my blog in book form to have as a keepsake for our family. I wanted a way to remember the thoughts and events of our family. This blog was set up as a way for me to remember these precious things.
These were the thoughts swimming around in my head when I decided to take on a new challenge: I decided to discipline myself to blogging daily through 2012. I did not care about writing my blog for others to be entertained or to generate comments. I wanted to write it as a journal, to fill the pages with our family and the life that we are enjoying. I wanted to remember the big moments, the fun and happy times. But, I also wanted to remember the fear and heartache that our family must endure from time to time. I wanted to remember the every day rhythm of our life as a family and even remember the small and simple things from our daily lives. And, I do believe that I accomplished my goal.
I am so glad that I practiced the discipline of blogging daily this year. It allowed me the freedom to truly write and share from the pages of our daily life – the things that I want to remember and look back through one day. My challenge did not require much of my time at all. It has been very rewarding and I can’t wait to see what 2013 brings to my blogging world.
This makes my 366th post of 2012. Thank you for letting me share a little bit of our family with you this year. May God continue His many wonderful blessings.
I received my blog annual report from WordPress the other day.
Here are some of the fun stats from that report.